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Old 10-30-2013, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Stockholm
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So how is Scandinavia (including Iceland and Finland) viewed in the rest of Europe? Are we seen as being more like Britain, or more like Germany? The Scandinavian countries are probably some of the least hated countries in the world, with little to no international controversies that could make other westerners and Europeans angry (except the whaling issue, allthough it is sustainable). I heard that Scandinavia is the part of Europe that people in the UK has the best thoughts of, and British tourism is common, as well as German tourism. Germans comes to Sweden, Norway and Finland to see moose, which is abundant on the Scandinavian Peninsula, but very rarely seen in the rest of Europe. Tourists comes here for both city life and outdoors activities (mainly in the Lapland/Finnmark areas). As far as I know we have a very good reputation in Europe and the world.

A common misconception is that all of Scandinavia is terribly expensive, which is partially true but it's not as expensive as some people thinks it is. It is usually more expensive in the bigger cities, but in a small town like the one I live in you can easily get a nice dinner for under 25 euro at a restaurant, and a fast food dinner for under 10. I myself have a price chock when going to bigger cities like Copenhagen and Stockholm. Based on my own experience though, Sweden is generally a bit cheaper than its neighbors, many Norwegians does their weekly grocery shopping in Sweden because it's cheaper here.

Also tourism and day trips by Scandinavians to other Scandinavian countries is common, Denmark was named the nr. 1 most popular tourist destination for Swedes in 2013.
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Old 10-30-2013, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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Expensive and cold. Oh, and Lapland (Santa Claus). They are probably the things people think about the most when thinking of Scandinavia. I'm not sure if people here think of Scandinavia very often at all - the region is largely inoffensive.
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Old 10-30-2013, 04:41 PM
 
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Cold and snowy. Can't say expensive coz I was living in Zurich and Geneva. Some gorgeous women especially coming from Sweden.
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Old 10-30-2013, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Stockholm
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As for Scandinavia being cold, that is very, very true during winter, and goes on for many months, both in north and south.

Summer however, in Denmark (all of it), southern Sweden, southern Norway and southern Finland, is actually quite hot, you can walk in shorts and t-shirt and swim in the sea and the lakes without a problem.

A typical beach in southern Sweden during summer, outside Ystad:
http://sm-cdn.gotamedia.se/ya/33e4c5...bb_598952a.jpg

A typical beach in southern Norway during summer, outside Mandal:
http://exviking.net/man/small/image/sjosand.jpg

A typical beach in southern Finland during summer, outside Pori:
http://www.cartinafinland.fi/en/imag...land+62594.jpg

A typical beach in Denmark during summer, outside Klampenborg:
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5063/5...20aa1868_z.jpg

During winter however, which can go on until as late as March or even April, these beaches and the water surrounding them is all snow and ice.
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Old 10-30-2013, 04:47 PM
 
Location: England
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Scandinavia is a nice and clean looking place but it can sometimes be too gloomy and cold.

But the people are nice and considerate.

Not that much loud and offensive.

The women are beautiful although not the most attractive to my eyes.
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Old 10-30-2013, 04:50 PM
 
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I've been to NO, SE, DK & FI. I didn't really like any of them except for Stockholm which I found charming.
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Old 10-30-2013, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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As for Scandinavia being cold, that is very, very true during winter, and goes on for many months. Summer however, in Denmark, southern Sweden, southern Norway and southern Finland, is actually quite hot during summer, you can walk in shorts and t-shirt and swim in the sea and the lakes without a problem.

A typical beach in southern Sweden during summer, outside Ystad:
http://sm-cdn.gotamedia.se/ya/33e4c5...bb_598952a.jpg

A typical beach in southern Norway during summer, outside Mandal:
http://exviking.net/man/small/image/sjosand.jpg

A typical beach in southern Finland during summer, outside Pori:
http://www.cartinafinland.fi/en/imag...land+62594.jpg

A typical beach in Denmark during summer:
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5063/5...20aa1868_z.jpg

During winter however, which can go on until as late as March or even April, these beaches and the water surrounding them is all snow and ice.
I like winter, snow and cold, so I would love it in Scandinavia. However, your town on the south coast of Sweden probably isn't cold enough in the winter!

Stockholm is beautiful in the winter.


Travel Clinic: Winter harbour cruise in Stockholm | The Sunday Times

Same for Helsinki.


http://www.magput.ru/?id=651&viewprog=7408
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Old 10-30-2013, 05:14 PM
 
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good thread that will be intersting to follow. the climate, however, varies widely since sweden spans 1570km in the N-S direction. Falsterbo in the extreme south has only one month of winter (monthly mean at or below 0.0C) while kiruna in the far north has 7 such months. Summer temperatures are pretty much the same all over the country, allthough the summers are much shorter in the north.
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Old 10-30-2013, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Kharkiv, Ukraine
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In fact, most cities of Scandinavia aren't extraordinary cold in winter. Uppsala (probably, the coldest major city in Scandinavia in winter) has about 4C warmer winters than Montreal.
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Old 10-30-2013, 05:19 PM
 
Location: Stockholm
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However, your town in the south coast of Sweden probably isn't cold enough in the winter!
Not cold enough in the winter? Are you kidding?

Pics taken by me in and outside Sölvesborg (including villages in the municipiality) in february this year:

















And yes, some of these pics are from a beach in Hörvik in Sölvesborg Municipiality that is flocked with German tourists in summer...

There is honestly not much to do during winter down here in the south though, Blekinge and Skåne as well as entire Denmark is as flat as the Netherlands, so no fun winter sports here except maybe ice skating.
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